(W) Tim Hanley. For more than 75 years* Catwoman has forged her own path in a clear-cut world of stalwart heroes* diabolical villains* and damsels in distress. Her relentless independence across comic books* television* and film set her apart from the rest of the superhero world. Her villainous origins also made her susceptible to sexualized and degrading depictions from her primarily male creators in ways that most conventional heroines didn't face. Catwoman serves as a stark counterpart to the typical evolution of the history of women in comics* and in popular culture generally. Exploring the many incarnations of this cultural icon offers a new perspective on the superhero genre and showcases the fierce resiliency that has made Catwoman a fan favorite for decades.